If you want to explore the area on two wheels, you can rent bicycles for roughly £10 to £15 a day. Cycle rental by the day or week, and delivery in the North Down/Ards area, are available from Mike the Bike, 53 Frances St., Newtownards (tel. 028/9181-1311; www.kayaksatmikethebike.co.uk). He also rents kayaks.
The nearby loughs and offshore waters are a diver’s dream—remarkably clear and littered with wrecks. To charter a diving expedition in Strangford Lough, contact Des Rogers (tel. 028/4272-8297). One of Europe’s finest training centers, DV Diving, 138 Mount Stewart Rd., Newtownards, County Down (tel. 028/9186-1686 or 028/9146-4671; www.dvdiving.co.uk), offers diving courses.
For info, tackle, and bait, try the Village Tackle Shop, 55a Newtownbreda Rd., Belfast (tel. 028/9049-1916; www.villagetackleshopbelfast.co.uk), or Kelly Hardware, 54 Market St., Downpatrick, County Down (tel. 028/4461-2193; www.kellyhardwaredownpatrick.co.uk). Sea-fishing trips from Portaferry into the waters of Strangford Lough and along the County Down coast are organized by Norsemaid Sea Enterprises, 152 Portaferry Rd., Newtownards, County Down (tel. 078/3113-5298; www.salutay.co.uk). Reservations are required. To outfit yourself and fish for rainbow trout year-round, visit Ballygrangee Trout Fishery, Mountstewart Road, Carrowdore, County Down (tel. 028/4278-8883).
Several well-established courses are just a short drive from Belfast in north County Down. They include the Bangor Golf Club, Broadway, Bangor (tel. 028/9127-0922; www.bangorgolfclubni.co.uk), with greens fees of £22 to £35 (tell them you’re a tourist and you’ll get a discount); Downpatrick Golf Club, 43 Saul Rd., Downpatrick (tel. 028/4461-5947; www.downpatrickgolfclub.org.uk), with greens fees of £18 to £20; and the 71-par Scrabo Golf Club, 233 Scrabo Rd., Newtownards (tel. 028/9181-2355; www.scrabogolfclub.com), with greens fees of £20 to £25, or £15 on Fridays.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.